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Question 1 of 25
Are you a reliable person? Tell me about your punctuality and accountability on the job.
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List of Bookstore Interview Questions
  1. Are you a reliable person? Tell me about your punctuality and accountability on the job.
  2. What do you know about our bookstore?
  3. How often do you find yourself reading?
  4. How often do you shop for books here?
  5. How long do you foresee yourself working here?
  6. In your opinion, what separates us from the big box, corporate bookstores?
  7. What was the last book you read?
  8. Why do you want to work here?
  9. What is your favorite genre of books?
  10. What frustrates you on the job?
  11. Tell me about your last job. What was your favorite part of the role and why did you leave?
  12. Do you have any leadership experience in a retail environment?
  13. Have you had sales goals in any previous roles?
  14. Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
  15. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  16. What is your favorite book?
  17. Tell me about yourself.
  18. If a customer was looking for a particular book that we did not have, how would you turn that into a sale?
  19. Are you comfortable handling a cash register and managing financial transactions?
  20. Tell me about your experiences as a customer service representative.
  21. Do you have a favorite author?
  22. How would you keep a customer engaged and excited about being in our store?
  23. Bookstores continue to struggle, why do you believe they will always be around?
  24. How many hours would you like to work per week?
  25. How would your last manager describe you?
Authors:
Contributing Author
Christine Pasqueretta
HR Executive
Contributing Author
Diana D'Souza
HR Professional
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Bookstore Information
August 17th, 2017

Working as a cashier in a bookstore is one of the best jobs you can find if you are an avid reader and love being around books. Your exact duties and responsibilities may vary depending on how big the bookstore is and whether it is part of a large chain or a bookstore run by a single owner. In general, bookstore employees perform various clerical and cashier duties. They make sure all books are properly categorized and placed on the right shelves and help customers find what they are looking for.

Bookstore cashiers are also responsible for receiving payments, entering sales in the cash register, processing membership requests and issuing refunds. In addition to the various financial and administrative related tasks, bookstore employees also make reading recommendations to customers who are not sure about which book to pick up. A high school education is often enough for anyone who would like to work in a bookstore.

At your interview for a job in a bookstore, the bookstore owner will ask you all kinds of questions to assess your passion for the job. For a bookstore owner, this is most important. Expect to be asked questions about why you want to work in a bookstore. Which is your favorite book? Who is your favorite author? What book would you recommend to a customer looking for a book on X. Before going to the bookstore interview it is most important to spend some time thinking about your answers as this is key to getting the job. Bookstore mock interview questions has several questions to get you on the right track.
Bookstore User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 25
Are you a reliable person? Tell me about your punctuality and accountability on the job.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Cornerstone bookstore is a family run bookstore that is dedicated in providing Christian books and gift items.
2.
I'd like to think I am. :(
3.
I think i am a.
4.
Yes. I have done work experience and volunteer work in various environments, and have successfully taken on responsibilities and completed to them to a high standard on every occasion.
5.
Yes, all job that you will dictate to m I will do it.
Question 2 of 25
What do you know about our bookstore?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
This bookstore is specifically geared towards IU. You sell and rent textbooks along with a variety of apparel and other merchandise.
2.
I know a great deal. I have basically been raised in a book store my whole life and I worked as an office TA where the library in high school.
3.
The origin of the Dymocks flagship store on George Street – Sydney’s greatest bookstore – goes back to 1879 when young William Dymock commenced business as a bookseller in nearby Market Street. In 1922, the Dymock family purchased the site of the old Royal Hotel in George Street upon which was built the historic, Art Deco landmark Dymocks building, completed in 1930.
4.
I know that this company was founded by a husband and wife team. With the first book celebrating their favorite hotel. And since then the company has published books on travel, fashion, etc. (luxury lifestyle)
5.
My friends visit the bookstore from time to time.
Question 3 of 25
How often do you find yourself reading?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I read everyday. I usually read before bed and sometimes in the early morning. I listen to audiobooks as well whenever I'm cleaning or doing chores of some sort. Last year, I finished 14 books a month and have loads of recommendations.
2.
I like to read whenever I have the chance to relax. A bit of me time. I enjoy it as it is a nice way to unfold the day.
3.
Constantly, normally you can never get a book out of my hand. People around me have often commented that they never see me with the same book twice. Meaning that I read them really really fast.
4.
I try to read everyday online, I read the daily beast website - a good mix of politics and pop culture. The last book I read was China Rich Girlfriend. Gearing up to read Game of Thrones.
5.
I would read most nights before going to bed, or in my free time.
Question 4 of 25
How often do you shop for books here?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Not that often. I usually use the library because I don't reread books because my TBR is too large.
2.
I come in here when I need new book or when I am passing and something in your window catches my eye.
3.
I shop for books constantly I'm always looking for the new book to that series and was looking online for new books and things to watch out for.
4.
I find this particular Dymocks store incredibly convenient and always has the best stock for highly requested books. For those reasons, I shop here every time I'm on the look out for a new read.
5.
This is my first time actually being in this store.
Question 5 of 25
How long do you foresee yourself working here?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
By the time I saw the paper saying you guys are hiring.
2.
I hope to be working here for a while. It's a wonderful environment and I love being surrounded by books.
3.
I am at that age now where I would like to settle down with a job I enjoy coming to.
4.
I see myself working here for a long time I would start out part-time but maybe after college full-time.
5.
For quite a while. I'd like to gain as much experience as I can and would therefore like to stay as long as possible.
Question 6 of 25
In your opinion, what separates us from the big box, corporate bookstores?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
It is a little more intamite. There is a perfect selection of books and it doesn't overwhelm you like larger bookstores do. It is also quiter and homey.
2.
Well when I have come into your store the staff are very friendly and gives off a family atmoshphere rather than a high street everyday book shop.
3.
I think the level of trust that Dymocks emits is a vital factor that separates Dymocks from the corporate book store. Walking into a Dymocks store always feels welcoming, like you can finally relax and take your time looking for books. Also, there is a level of comfortable anonymity in Dymocks stores which contributes to the feeling of being welcome.
4.
I think is the fact that you can find many unconventional books here.
5.
I think the specific vision of Assouline with the type of content that you publish. I think you know when you see an Assouline book.
Question 7 of 25
What was the last book you read?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am currently reading a mills and booms.
2.
At the moment I am reading Glass sword by Victoria Aveyard.
3.
Paris mon amore by jean claude gautrand.
4.
Beer Bible, before that Me Talk Pretty Someday.
5.
I finished Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children last week and am now resuming Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves, which I hope to finish before Halloween.
Question 8 of 25
Why do you want to work here?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I love to read and i want to help people who are not that into reading find the book that would inspire them to read more.
2.
I think you'll be a great experience for me.
3.
I want to work in a Christian bookstore that is dedicated to serving the Christian community by providing Christ centered products.
4.
I believe that I can use my experience gained in my last role, to help and guide customers in their purchases and creating a good rapport with people and making them feel welcome and happy to shop in this store.
5.
I want to expand my knowledge and experience in retail.
Question 9 of 25
What is your favorite genre of books?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have no favourite as I read a lot of different types but I guess if I had to pick it would be romantic novals.
2.
Oh god how do I decide. I find myself more reading young adult books I'm hopeless romantic. What else to do enjoy a good horror funny book. Lately I've been getting into more historical Fiction books.
3.
I love more historical or mystery genre books, I love to read about how things are created or made or meanings to places, names etc.
4.
Honestly I read a lot of murder mystery, know that I think about it (David Balldacci)
5.
I really don't have a specific one, I just pick up the first book I find that I feel like wanting to read.
Question 10 of 25
What frustrates you on the job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
A customer got drunk and he even yell at me. But I still had to do my job.
2.
I've never had another job.
3.
I Have not had a job before this.
4.
Definitely the time spend in the coolroom alone, thinking what am I doing here.
5.
In my last role I would say that nothing really annoyed me in but sometimes you didn't always feel that you had support from the people above you or they didn't necessary listen to your ideas.
Question 11 of 25
Tell me about your last job. What was your favorite part of the role and why did you leave?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I was assistant manager of a ladies fashion shop, working alongside with the manager doing basic every day running of the store things with her and taking the lead in her absence.
2.
I have not I have not had a job before then.
3.
In my previous role I worked as an concessions manager, this involved working with 4 & 5 star hotels that had showcases Building up a rapport with concierge and displaying, merchandising, organising stock and overseeing sales.
4.
Bartending, great, fast paced.
5.
I was actually an intern for a cell phone store in Atlanta, GA. I learned about how to fix certain phones like Iphones and Samsungs and I learned about how to communicate with customers and handling their requests.
Question 12 of 25
Do you have any leadership experience in a retail environment?
Question 13 of 25
Have you had sales goals in any previous roles?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
It never really fell under my job description before. I had production goals to be sure but I did not handle initial sales.
Question 14 of 25
Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
Question 15 of 25
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
Question 16 of 25
What is your favorite book?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I don't think I can pick just one. But I think I could never Dante series and that would be Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.
2.
Books that create images in your mind, that capture in apart from history and biography I do like the harry potter books.
3.
To Kill a Mockingbird/Harry Potter.
4.
Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs.
5.
Nothing but the truth.
Question 17 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
Question 18 of 25
If a customer was looking for a particular book that we did not have, how would you turn that into a sale?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I would advise them to check out the website or I believe we can order it from there in the store. Is that right?
Question 19 of 25
Are you comfortable handling a cash register and managing financial transactions?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am comfortable managing financial transactions as that was part of my previous work. I would need to be trained on the cash register as they were not part of our system, but I am a quick learner and would be glad to be trained in a new skill.
Question 20 of 25
Tell me about your experiences as a customer service representative.
Question 21 of 25
Do you have a favorite author?
Question 22 of 25
How would you keep a customer engaged and excited about being in our store?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Definetly, I like to make each and every customer feel special and apprecitated whethere they are spending 2 pounds for 20 pounds,
2.
This I believe is one area where I might struggle and a lot of information about bucks but I'm kind of quiet.
3.
If your passionate about what you do, you can portray that to customers and put your enthusiasm a crossed and leave them with a happy experience wanting to return.
4.
Yes, I can definitely convince a customer about certain books that are for sale.
5.
I am an enthusiastic person. I genuinely enjoy people. I rarely find a time where engaging people is not in the forefront of my mind. I am extroverted and I tend to be content when I am able to help other people.
Question 23 of 25
Bookstores continue to struggle, why do you believe they will always be around?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I think they struggle because of the internet and downloading all the ebooks available to day. But people do still like to read books rather than computers, its always nice to take a book to the beach.
2.
Their classic sure with today's technology flirt turning more towards electronics and the handheld devices to actual books. But there's something so nostalgic about being able to hold what you're reading and feel the paper in between your fingers it's kind of surreal.
3.
Every body is eager for knowledge and books help with this, they also create stimulation improves concentration and also is a form of relaxing.
4.
Difference between holding a book and a tablet.
5.
I think there is something about the experience of opening a book that you cant get didgitally, and the ownership of having a book with you. I feel like its the same concept for music, etc.
Question 24 of 25
How many hours would you like to work per week?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Well your advert says 14 plus, I would be interested to know what the plus entails as I have no children or ristrictions so can work any hours when needed. Idealy I would like 20 but would obviously aacept less.
2.
At the moment of college probably not more than 20 but after college.
3.
The job description say p/t so I automatically go to somewhere between 15 and 20.
4.
I would like to work between 10-30 hours a week.
5.
As many as you need, I will be free and dedicated all the time.
Question 25 of 25
How would your last manager describe you?
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